Jazz Style Periods-Guest Post by Brent Jensen

Do you need to brush up on your jazz history a little bit? Here's a nice reference guide by my friend Brent Jensen. Brent...

On Green Dolphin Street in (C)

On Green Dolphin Street is one of our 10 Mother Tunes.  This famous tune was made for a 1947 movie, "Green Dolphin Street," and...

My Funny Valentine

My Funny Valentine was written by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart (before there was Rogers and Hammerstein).  It's from "Babes In Arms,"  a 1937...

Handout for Teaching Beginning Jazz Improvisation

Teaching improvisation can be a daunting task. How do I teach kids how to invent a solo from thin air? I am the lead...

Blues for Alice

Blues for Alice on Learn Jazz Standards is a great way to improve your ability to play more inside the changes with bebop ideas....

Blues for Alice-Bird’s Solo Transcription!

Here's the updated version of Charlie Parker's three chorus solo on Blues for Alice.  Make sure to listen to the recording and learn it...

Rhythmic Ideas for Improvisation

Have you ever wanted to increase the rhythmic interest of your improvisations? Try using hemiola and over-the-bar-line rhythmic patterns to try some new ideas....

Left-Hand Comping Handout: St. Thomas

Learn Jazz Standards is a website for all instrumentalists, and even vocalists; however, given that piano is my primary instrument, I will occasionally put...

Very basic Left Hand Comping Handout for Piano

I'm on faculty as a piano player at the Great Basin Jazz Camp at the College of Southern Idaho this week. Bruce Forman and...

Meditation

Mediation is a nice bossa nova. I like the tune, but it's connected to a painful experience for me. The first time it was...
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